Picking Up The Pieces

By , January 11, 2019

“Get Mark and bring him with you,
because he is helpful to me in my ministry.”
2 Timothy 4:11 (NIV)

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The man referred to as Mark (aka. John Mark) in our verse today had a most interesting journey through life. His home was a house of prayer (Acts 12:12) and he was likely born into a family of some financial means and influence. The great missionary Barnabas was his cousin (Colossians 4:10).

Mark had grown up in Jerusalem and so enjoyed the usual social and religious benefits of a thriving city life.

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An Experience Worse Than Death

By , January 10, 2019

“Look to my right and see
no one is concerned for me.
I have no refuge; no one cares for my soul.
Psalm 142:4 (NIV)

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I recall hearing a particular couple of people describing their experiences of marriage. One person’s spouse had passed away and the other person went through a divorce.

The individual whose partner in marriage had died commented that it seemed that death was easier for them to endure as there was not the experience of rejection in their sorrow.

When a person has the idea that they are rejected it can be an experience worse than death. In fact, it is a significant enough pain that numerous people will hasten their own death to escape living with the humiliation and embarrassment of rejection.

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Why Should I?

By , January 9, 2019

“Jesus…having loved his own which were in the world,
he loved them unto the end.”
John 13:1 (KJV)

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Trust Jesus even when you cannot understand His ways.

That was what He had asked Peter to do (John 13:7). The question of why we should trust God when we cannot understand His ways is what I seek to address in this devotional.

When someone tells us something we do not want to hear it helps to know the qualification of the person who tells us the news. For example if a certain medical specialist tells us bad news about our health we may desire to have a second opinion or else find out how knowledgeable the doctor is in this particular medical field.

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Mending a Broken Heart

By , January 8, 2019

“But go, tell his disciples and Peter…”
Mark 16:7

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People have many reasons to have broken hearts. I recall my first real heartbreak. I think I was about 15 years old and I was madly in love with a fine young lady.

Lacking the social skills needed to engage this young lady in conversation, I did what many boys my age do, I started to tease the girl.

Unless she had wisdom beyond her years she likely did not understand why boys teased girls. Teasing is what a boy does to a girl he likes but  is nervous about engaging her in normal conversation.

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Why did Jesus hide from the people?

By , January 7, 2019

“Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were.”
Mark 9:30 (NIV)

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Has life ever been so tiring that you have wanted to find a hole, crawl into it and pull it in after you? What I mean is the idea of desiring to be alone, away from the whole world so you can find some kind of peace and quiet.

Perhaps many Christians would not wish to admit they want the world to go away for a while. It does not sound spiritual. It might indicate a lack of faith on their part to admit that life is just too much right now and that they want a “leave of absence” as the military calls it.

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